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WOLFstock 2012 Poised To Be A Huge Success On Campus This Year
By Adrienne Leon
Some of the best local and out-of-state bands are slated to perform at WOLFstock 2012, which offers students a night of music, food, and giveaways during the campus concert, hosted by The WOLF Internet Radio.
The free spring event, sponsored by the Mass Communications Society, is expected to garner hundreds of attendees to Love Valley. More than 300 people came last year to see seven hand-picked bands – including some from as far east as Augusta – play both original music and cover tunes under the stars, said organizers, who are anticipating another big turnout this year.
"We plan for the party to be non-stop action all night long," said The WOLF General Manager Shawn Isaacs, noting the second-annual event celebrates the birth of the Internet radio station, which launched in April 2010.
Although he said it’s too early to say what kind of generous offerings, such as food and giveaways, would be provided, Isaacs reassured that the upcoming concert will feature an impressive line-up of artists.
“We picked the best performers from our Waylin’s Pub radio (show), which highlights unsigned independent artists who we ask to come back for WOLFstock,” he said.
Besides offering people a good time, Isaacs said he hopes attendees also will use the event as an opportunity to learn about other WOLF initiatives, including the station’s career training opportunities.
The WOLF in Training program, W.I.T. for short, offers any student, regardless of major, a chance to learn and exercise essential hands-on skills for the radio industry, he said.
“Each student has the same equal opportunity to become an on-air personality and host if they’ve got the right amount of training under their belt,” Isaacs said, stressing the flexible training hours offered to students.
Career training is just one of the benefits offered through The WOLF, said representatives, adding the station recently served as the state headquarters for the first College Radio Day event, which nationally recognizes the importance of college radio.
Meanwhile, The WOLF representatives anticipate bigger and better things to come, as finalizing WOLFstock 2012 plans is top on their list.
For more information on the concert and WOLF Internet Radio’s other activities and programs, visit www.westga.edu/thewolf
UTV-13 Offers On-The-Job Training For Future Communication Professionals
By Adrienne Leon
Good grades aren’t enough to get your foot into the door of a job after graduation – an observation that also increasingly applies to internship-seekers these days, career experts say.
The good news, however, is that there is a silver lining to the gloomy outlook, at least for University of West Georgia students, who can choose from a variety of on-camera and behind-the-scenes job training opportunities at UTV-13, the campus TV news station.
Reporter, anchor, videographer, producer and editor are among the diverse list of volunteer positions in which students can develop their skills – regardless of their major or classification, UTV-13 officials said.
“Our goal is to help our students out,” said station production coordinator James Paul, noting that “UTV is a lab for students, particularly mass communications majors, to come in and learn and train.”
Options range from interviewing and writing stories on campus issues and events as a reporter, to providing technical support as a production assistant by operating the studio camera and giving floor directions to the talent on set.
Paul says the staff will provide volunteers with the guidance, equipment and other resources intended to help them grow in their area of interest.
Meanwhile, the timing of the opportunity couldn’t be better, officials said, boasting plans this year to expand UTV-13’s programming with innovative, entertaining content, including gamers, sitcoms, spoken word and sports shows.
“We’re working on ways to diversify our efforts,” said graduating senior and “Full Coverage” sports show manager John Morgan.
The aspiring videographer, who also has served as a floor director and camera operator since he started working at the station during his freshman year, added the station always welcomes volunteers’ ideas.
Chad Brock, the brainchild behind the anticipated gamers show, which is slated to launch sometime in 2012, echoes his sentiments.
“UTV is the best way to learn for hands-on experience, and you may even get a job here, if you show them what you can do,” said the junior.
Noting the challenges of cracking into a tough industry, such as communications, Brock leaves some advice for his peers.
“Get as much experience around the station as you can. It’s what’s going to help you in the long-run with your future employer.”
New Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter Offers Valuable, Diverse Opportunities.
Top row (L-R): Kentralle Goodwin, Adam Elrod, Rachel Stubbs (Chapter Communication Liaison), Justin Monsewicz (Chapter President), Taylor Cyr, Caitlin Madden, Dr. Camilla Gant (Chair, Dept of Mass Comm)
Bottom Row (L-R): Dr. Amber Smallwood (Chapter Faculty Advisor, Asst. Prof. of Mass Comm), Manuela Villa (Chapter Secretary)
(Courtesy of Donovan Gasque, PRSSA Chapter Vice President, Not Pictured)
By Adrienne Leon
West Georgia students can now network with top industry professionals, and enhance valuable skills to establish their own successful careers through the Department of Mass Communications’ newly-launched Public Relations Student Society of America chapter.
The Department of Mass Communications spearheaded the initiative that brought PRSSA on campus, which was a rigorous process that ended in August once the university received its charter from Public Relations Society of America. The milestone makes West Georgia PRSSA one of the newest additions in a family of more than 300 chapters in the nation, and the ninth student chapter in the state, said Faculty Adviser Dr. Amber Smallwood.
Besides connecting with industry professionals from some of the world’s most influential corporations, organizations and agencies, PRSSA members are offered access to a wide-ranging selection of academic enrichment resources, including internship listings, competitions, scholarships, and news and social media to stay abreast of industry trends, as well as increase job preparation and employee marketability, she said.
“Students at West Georgia are going to have many new opportunities open up to them through the PRSSA chapter,” Smallwood shared, noting that membership is available to any West Georgia student interested in public relations, regardless of major and classification. “We have already begun planning the chapter’s activities for the year, including professional-led workshops, service opportunities and conferences.”
In stressing the importance of learning about public relations outside of the classroom, West Georgia mass communications junior Justin Monsewicz, who is also chapter president, added: “The need for this chapter, in my opinion, was huge. There was nothing for PR students to really get involved with.”
But with collaborative input from a creative student team, as well as sound counsel from a forward-thinking advisor, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide executive and West Georgia graduate Jacob Hawkins, organizers believe the landmark chapter is poised to achieve great things. Among those on the horizon is the formation of a student-run public relations firm, which would handle campus and community clients as part of chapter members’ ‘real world’ training.
The West Georgia PRSSA membership fee is $75. For more information on membership, activities and events, send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.